Martin's Bay , St. John
Distance From Airport:
13.7 Km (8.51 Miles)
Distance From Bridgetown:
16.4 Km (10.19 Miles)
Martin’s Bay is attractive and generally concealed in the island’s frame, sheltered from the rough east coast sea. The waves at Martin’s Bay are relatively calm and unreliable for surfing especially in the summer, which is very unlike its neighbouring beaches which are frequented by surfers. Though mostly calm, the waters here have some unpredictability and novice surfers have sometimes utilised the area as a training ground in preparation for other popular surfing spots. This well-kept secret means that Martin’s Bay will never be crowded with competing surfers, even when there are good waves.
The calm winds that bring the waves also gently rock the coconut palm trees while they overlook the turquoise crystal clear sea. The picturesque views from this beach make Martin’s Bay the focal point of many photographers and artists, who capture the beautiful hues of colours in the cool evening as the blue sunkissed skies turn to orange and peach, illuminating the twilight sky. Martin’s Bay also serves as a popular hikers trail, as the northern end of the bay has beautiful rock formations that are characteristic of the East Coast of Barbados. On the southern end of the bay, you can climb onto the cliffs that overlook the coast and follow the trail along the old train line to Bath Beach.
You can also enjoy a great meal at the Bay Tavern Bar and Restaurant, located in this downhill valley that is Martin’s Bay. Its proprietors take advantage of its proximity to the sea and use the catches of marlin, red snapper, swordfish, Mahi Mahi and shark to serve fresh seafood meals after they’ve been cooked on the grill to perfection. After a meal, exploring the coastline will reveal gritty sand decorated with many beautiful multi-coloured rocks and shells. Conversely, the beach is just wide enough to provide space for children to play, with several small inlets which provide little shallow pools for persons to paddle and swim.
Martin’s Bay holds a special place in the hearts of all who go there, including the former Prime Minister of Barbados, the late Honorable David Thompson who represented the constituency of St. John. He had a profound impact on the inhabitants of Martin’s Bay and was a frequent visitor to the area. In Fact, It is said that his family still owns a beach house there where he would take his whole family to experience the tranquil secluded areas, away from the hustle and bustle of public life. You too can experience life in the sweet seclusion that is Martin’s Bay when you visit this East Coast gem of a beach!